Starting a garden is a lot of work and can be overwhelming if you’ve had some plants you were sure to keep thriving slum down and wilt right before your eyes. It’s important to remember that many fruits, veggies, and flowers are not only reflective on how well you maintain them but climate and environment takes a toll on the progress of your garden as well. If you’re feeling like your green thumb has turned brown we’ve got some tips to help your ideas come back to life and get it back to GREEN!
1. Start small, creating a garden is hard work, don’t overwhelm yourself. Pick a few options of flowers veggies or fruits you would like to focus on. Once you see the success with what you’ve started you can add more to your freshly blossomed garden!
2. Make a plan- Gather some ideas of what you’d like to see in your future garden, will it be a mixture of fruits and veggies? Any flowers? Flowers like Marigolds and sunflowers require direct sunlight just like tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, and corn. That means a minimum of eight hours of direct sunlight a day. Whereas, some flowers like Sweet Alyssum, Lobelia and Nemesia Hanging baskets or some root vegetables such as beets, potatoes, and carrots grow in partially shaded areas.
3. Plant what you and your family love! Now that you’ve researched what options will thrive in your chosen environment, pick an area that will help your garden thrive! You may need to order a dumpster to help with any landscaping debris you need to toss, or any dirt and soil you’ll need to dig up and dispose of. Maybe you’ve got an area along the fence line where you can utilize that fence for fruits and vegetables that have vines. Or you have an area that covers both a shady space and full direct sunlight to help a variety of options bloom!
4. Plan your beds and get the appropriate tools! Think about planting in garden blocks or beds of plants instead of single rows. The beds should 3-4 feet across, with clearance to the middle from either side. Remember we’re starting slow and fresh. For a beginner you’ll need a few basic tools. Soil, you may need more rich soil in some areas as other may need drier soil make sure you choose the best option for your soon to bloom seeds. You’ll definitely need something to work with the soil such as a sturdy trowel; if you’re working with drier soil you may want a hand rake. Gardening gloves are a must and depending on the location and size you may need a watering can/hose, as well as a pruner for clipping or gathering your harvest.
5. DON’T GIVE UP! It may take a few bad seeds to get to the one that grows and blossoms just as you imagined! With all the time and effort allotted to your project you’re sure to see progress!
Remember there is no wrong way to create a garden, but being mindful of what foods/plants work well with each other and what grows good in your area will help the progress of your garden and turn your brown thumb GREEN!